First Gen income down to $120 million

by Myrna Velasco – November 16, 2015

from Manila Bulletin

The slowdown in the financial performance from its geothermal and hydro assets had pared by 26-percent the reported net income of Lopez-owned First Gen Corporation to US$120 million in the first nine months.

Effectively, it had been $43 million down from last year’s more upbeat profitability of US$163 million.

“The decline was due to lower earnings contributions from its geothermal and hydro operations,” the company said, albeit noting that such had been “partially offset by higher earnings from natural gas plants.”

The Lopez firm has similarly reported that “recurring net income attributable to parent was $6.0 million less, or 4.0-percent from US$135 million in the first three quarters of 2014 to US$129 million in 2015.”

According to First Gen president Francis Giles B. Puno, they still anticipate the full year profitability of the company’s geothermal assets to be leaner, but they are setting their eyes on offset that could be yielded via revenue stream from their Burgos wind farm.

“We expect to end the year with weaker contributions from our geothermal operations, which will be offset by improved dispatch from the Burgos wind project with the transmission constraint addressed,” he stressed.

Puno added that on a forward-looking basis, they expect their bottom line to be shored up with the targeted entry of new capacities in their portfolio, such as the 97-megawatt Avion and 414-MW San Gabriel power projects.